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Sol Voltaics moves toward commercialization for GaAs film solution

Swedish materials company Sol Voltaics announced that it has successfully produced gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanowires, bringing its efficiency boosting film a step closer to commercialization.

Australia gets first P2P green loan marketplace

With the $20 million financial backing of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), local lender RateSetter has launched Australia’s first peer-to-peer green bond lending platform connecting investors and borrowers with an eye on environmental sustainability.

Algeria launches solar energy cluster, names new energy minister

The new solar energy cluster will host small and medium-sized solar enterprises, as well as research institutes and local mining companies. Meanwhile, the Algerian government has named the former CEO of state-owned utility Sonelgaz as energy minister.

Japan module shipments rise 23% in fiscal 2016

Roughly 6.85 GW of solar panels were shipped in Japan in the fiscal year to the end of March 2017, from about 5.56 GW in the preceding year, according to new statistics from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).

APVIA sees steady Q1 growth in Asian PV

The expansion of the Asian solar market in the first quarter of 2017 was broadly similar to the growth seen in the first quarter of last year, although most countries in the region have yet to reveal official installation statistics for the January-March period, the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) said in a new report.

Nova Power to build 25 MW solar plant in Ivory Coast

The Moroccan developer will construct the plant as an Independent Power Producer (IPP). The facility will be located in the north of the country.

Innolas receives order for laser machine platform

German equipment supplier Innolas announced that it has received a further order for its ILS-TTnx platform, from an unnamed Asian customer. The tool is suitable for a range of applications in cell technology, but is particularly seen as a cost-effective method for laser contact opening in PERC cells.

Spain to launch another 3 GW renewable energy auction before the summer

In the auction, which will be open to wind and PV power projects, all the projects not chosen in the 3 GW auction held two weeks ago will likely have another chance to compete.

BREAKING: SolarWorld Americas joins Suniva’s trade petition

After originally being cool to Suniva’s petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission for protection from its Chinese competitors, SolarWorld Americas has reversed its stance and joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.

More solar and hydro brings California gas use to five-year low

As renewable energy breaks new output records in California, both the need for and availability of gas in California have both declined.